As you are a person with an interest in our mission, we are asking for your financial support to further the meeting of our mission. The Gulf of Maine Watershed is among the richest bioregions in the world. It is a complex and diverse human and natural ecosystem covering much of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, all of Maine, and much of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is our eco-home: integral to the economy, health, and recreational life of New England and the Canadian Maritimes. It is home also to multitudes of animal and plant species and it is also warming faster than any other comparable body of water on Earth. The effects of climate change on the bioregion’s ecology and economy over the last decade are troublesome and the future more so.
At GOMI we understand to meet and manage the challenges we need to involve future leaders now! And we need your help!
The Gulf of Maine Institute (GOMI), an award winning 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to doing exactly that by:
•Educating youth in experiential, community rooted, science in and out of school.
•Emphasizing civic engagement, the need to do something concrete and beneficial to improve, understand, remedy or protect.
•Exploring the unique history, ecology, culture, and economy of the place wherein you live.
•Elaborating on the connection of the local to the bioregional to the global.
GOMI’s Board of Directors spent last year investigating how to best respond to the growing regional challenges of climate change. The Board identified as compelling the need to: Work with school districts and teachers to educate youth to manage and mitigate the regional effects of climate change.
The Board resolved to shift our annual Summer Workshop emphasis from a youth-centered one to a teacher professional development one. This shift significantly enhances GOMI’s capacities to prepare and engage more educators and students to meet the new growing realities of climate change. It requires GOMI to:
•Redesign programs and workshops to directly aid teachers in the development of appropriate curricula and methods.
•Provide teachers and school districts with strong related professional development opportunities including locally based citizen science.
•Engage students as cohorts in the development of the above programs and workshops.
These changes, to reiterate, will result in a watershed outreach to students and teachers significantly greater than our previous model. Student workshop participants, while fewer in number, will play a key role in the development of appropriate curricula modules. And, as programs and workshops will be community-based, emphasis on hands-on science and civic engagement will not be compromised.
We have begun implementation of the BOD’s charge. Currently, we are developing programs and workshops with 15 teachers located in 6 school districts, including Newburyport, Salem, Beverly and Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts; Bethlehem, New Hampshire; and Kennebunk, Maine. We are working closely with colleagues and partners at Acadia University’s Tidal Institute in Wolfeville, Nova Scotia, to recruit Canadian teachers and districts. We expect a Maritimes contingent to be joining our ranks as early as this spring.
GOMI, now in its sixteenth year, is not new to this work and our leadership is well recognized. Seven GOMI team leaders, including our Science Director, John Halloran, and John Terry, have received Visionary Awards from Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment; and just last year the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded GOMI an Environmental Merit Award in recognition of our exceptional accomplishments. In 2006, John Terry was named a Civic Ventures Leader with Experience Purpose Prize Fellow (www.civicventures.org), for his GOMI work. Our GoMW efforts have received continuous support from TD Bank Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Toward Sustainability Foundation, and the New England Biolabs Foundation; and we most recently received a grant from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help support the teacher professional development effort.
Our awards, while welcome and important, cannot sustain GOMI; and our grants, while critical to our efforts, will not cover the costs of the tasks ahead. To meet these challenges we need additional support from friends like you. Please give what you can. No amount is too small.
If paying by mail, please make checks payable to the Gulf of Maine Institute and post to GOMI Treasurer, 3 Black Alder Drive, Kingston NH 03848.
Alternatively, if you wish to use a charge card, hit the Donate button on this page and follow the simple instructions. We will send a thank you and receipt for your tax records.